I was having the same issue with N430DP this summer. I had it removed and sent to the prop shop for bench testing and had the springs replaced. They ran it for 2 hours on the bench with no issues, but I’m still only reaching 2600 RPM on takeoff.
John – I typically climb at around 800-1,000 FPM and 120mph on a summer day in Michigan. I plan on burning 22-24gph during my climb. I use N430DP for mostly cross-country flights. When in a cruise around the 7,500-10,500 altitude range I usually average and plan for 200mph with a fuel burn of 14-15gph. The plane has the IO525 engine with Gami…[Read more]
Very cool! When I started in business aviation I did sales for National Flight Services, they are a Honeywell Service Center (TPE331) so I was able to attend several of the NAAA shows and chat with the crop dusting crowd.
I had N430DP’s engine mount repaired in 2 places by a welder in Brighton, MI. He is a certified FAA welder working for Delta. He was able to blast, inspect, repair, and paint in his shop. Turned out wonderful.
I am of the Betzoldt clan, just sometimes keep that on the down low… LOL. I will give Cassidy a ring and see what he has to say. Being in the corporate aviation industry, the insurance game is such a joke (cartel) when it comes to what they are charging. Appreciate the info and I will let my grandpa know you say hello! He just sold his…[Read more]
Getting some options together for refurbishing the interior in N430DP this winter. I had heard that someone possibly created a new fiberglass seat bucket? Can anyone steer me to whom I would chat with regarding some more contemporary/modern options that are approved on the 200? Appreciate the feedback.
I hope you had a great holiday as well. Thank you for the information; I kind of figured I’d have to bite the bullet for this next year before getting some relief…. That being said, I am planning to knock out my instrument this spring. I’m lucky to only have the 200 available for flying! Lots of takeoffs and landings so far.
I hope you all are healthy and staying sane. Wanted to reach out and see if anyone has suggestions regarding insurance on the 200. My grandfather, Fred Betzoldt was on the insurance for our first year with N430DP as I built time in the make/model. I was just quoted $5,000 for next year with just myself on the insurance… I’m low…[Read more]